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Forum topic by Purrmaster posted 02-14-2013 02:39 AM 799 views 1 time favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-14-2013 02:39 AM

I was curious as to what folks here think the best wood to use for cutting boards is. Both long grain and end grain.

I’ve already ruled out oak because I’ve read its porosity can harbor bacteria. As well as beech and ash for the same reason. I kind of ruled out pine for being too soft.

On whichever wood I use I intend to use mineral oil as the “finish.”

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#1 posted 02-14-2013 02:41 AM

Maple mostly. Could be cherry.



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#2 posted 02-14-2013 02:42 AM

Maple works well.. I have made several from it.

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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#3 posted 02-14-2013 03:09 AM

Beech is diffuse porous and should be fine.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#4 posted 02-14-2013 04:58 AM

Maple, cherry, purpleheart, padauk, wenge, birch. I avoid the oaks and ash, because they are too porous for my tastes. I also avoid poplar because it too soft.

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#5 posted 02-14-2013 05:03 AM

I’ve got a little bit of purpleheart I could use. With purpleheart does it matter if I do it end grain or long grain? I was under the impression that end grain is supposed to be harder than long grain, therefore creating a tougher cutting board. I’m not entirely sure I buy that, actually.

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#6 posted 02-14-2013 05:50 AM

End grain is usually easier on knifes, as opposed to long grain.

Oh, and I’m a maple man, myself.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#7 posted 02-14-2013 06:05 AM

No walnut?

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#8 posted 02-14-2013 06:18 AM

No walnut?

Too expensive in my part of the world!

-- John, BC, Canada

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#9 posted 02-14-2013 02:37 PM

I use Walnut. It’s the same price as Cherry. Both are expensive (about $6.50 BF) so I usually make a two or three wood board with maple as a main wood. Maple is alot cheaper here than the other two. Alot of people here really like the maple and walnut combo boards.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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